Let's crowdsource all of our favorite meal train ideas and recipes! We're building a list of the best meals to bring new moms, families who are sick or grieving, or anyone that could use a break from cooking.

This isn't the time to test out an unknown recipe, so it's helpful to share our tried-and-true meal train meals with one another. These make-ahead dishes, casseroles and kid-friendly freezer dinners are perfect to take to anyone who could use some help, whether or not an official meal train is organized.

What are your favorite easy meals to take to someone? Let us know about your go-to recipes below.

    Slow-Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

    Vanessa M.:  This easy taco recipe is sure to be a meal train hit. The tender, flavorful boneless chuck roast marinates in a blend of spices and cooks hands-free in your slow-cooker. Add flour tortillas to your meal, along with guacamole, shredded cheese, lettuce, onion, and cilantro. From Gimme Some Oven

    Chicken Noodle Casserole

    Vanessa M.:  All the healing comfort of a bowl of chicken noodle soup is built into a casserole, and this dish happens to travel a bit easier too! Egg noodles are cooked in chicken stock, tossed with classic chicken noodle soup ingredients, then topped with a thin layer of mozzarella cheese. From Simple Joy

    Chicken Parmesan Baked Ziti

    christadiserio:  Make-ahead casseroles are the best meal train meals because they're delicious, filling, and last a few days. This chicken parmesan baked ziti puts a new spin on your typical Italian dish. There's very little prep involved and the dish can be thrown into the oven. Instead of cooking chicken breasts, you can also use rotisserie chicken, which shreds nicely, too. Pair this with a side salad! From Gimme Some Oven

    Creamy White Chicken Enchiladas

    Vanessa M.:  This is a tasty yet easy meal to bring to someone. It calls for shredded chicken (use rotisserie chicken if you want a shortcut!) mixed with shredded taco cheese and adobo seasoning, wrapped in tortillas. Make a creamy white sauce to pour on top, then sprinkle a thick blanket of shredded cheese. Freeze for your friend to pop in the oven whenever she likes, or bring it over hot to deliver a belly-warming meal. From My Incredible Recipes

    Sausage & Cornbread Breakfast Casserole

    christadiserio:  Breakfast is often overlooked when it comes to meal train ideas, but there are great make-ahead breakfast recipes that can be made a day (or more!) early. There's nothing more delicious than this sausage cornbread casserole. It's the perfect combination of sausage, cornbread, egg and cheese. This will be a recipe hit with the whole family - kids included! From Mix and Match Mama

    Southwest Vegetarian Bake

    Vanessa M.:  This recipe is made with whole-grain brown rice and packed with veggies. Full of flavor, thanks to the beans, corn, tomatoes, onions, salsa, cheese, and olives, this dish is hearty and delicious. Top with sour cream. This dish is a good new mom freezer meal, for those looking to help stock up for the future! From Taste of Home

    BBQ Chicken Salad

    Vanessa M.:  Hearty salads are great meal train ideas, especially for new moms with babies born in the warm summer months. This crowd-pleasing BBQ chicken salad has fresh romaine, corn, black beans, tomatoes, onion, cheese, and chopped chicken breast for a hearty meal in a bowl. Top with BBQ ranch dressing and tortilla strips. From Damn Delicious

    Shepherd's Pie

    Vanessa M.:  If you are looking for hearty, comforting meal train ideas to bring a new mom or sick friend in your life, this easy shepherd's pie will fit the bill. Ground beef is sauteed with onions and garlic, mixed with frozen veggies, and topped with buttery garlic mashed potatoes before baking in the oven. This dish can be made gluten-free. From Iowa Girl Eats

    Herb and Spice Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

    Vanessa M.:  This is the perfect comfort food recipe for a meal train. Brown sugar, paprika, oregano, and garlic create a tasty seasoning for herb and spice chicken. It comes together easily, and can be made in a slow cooker and then transferred to the oven to brown the chicken. From Today's Parent

    Million Dollar Spaghetti Casserole

    Vanessa M.:  This spaghetti casserole is a decadent crowd-pleasing meal train idea that will give the family a nice dinner and probably some leftovers too. It can be brought over cold, frozen, or fresh out of the oven, which gives you a lot of options. Regular spaghetti with meat sauce gets an upgrade with the addition of cream cheese, ricotta, and sour cream with a topping of bubbly mozzarella cheese. From Spend with Pennies

    Chicken Spaghetti

    christadiserio:  This creamy cheesy chicken spaghetti is one of my favorite meals to bring new moms, and will be a hit for the whole family. It'll also be super easy for you to make and requires minimal, yet delicious ingredients. Really, the most difficult part is cooking the chicken and the pasta - the rest of the recipe is really just combining everything and sticking into the oven. You can't go wrong with this yummy dish! From The Country Cook

    Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili

    christadiserio:  If you're busy during the day and want an impressive but easy meal to take to someone, this is your recipe - it's a grab and dump chicken crockpot dinner! Serve over rice, salad, or even make tacos. This will generously feed four people with leftovers. From Skinnytaste

    Chicken Stew with Biscuits

    Alexandra F.:  If you’re looking for a meal train idea that will make someone feel really special, look no further than this hearty, comforting, absolutely delicious Ina Garten recipe for chicken stew with biscuits. It takes a lot of effort, but is totally worth it. We make it for family occasions big and small, and any time we want to take a special meal to friends or family who could use the extra hand. You can make the stew and biscuits in advance, and keep them refrigerated until the recipient is ready to bake and eat. From Barefoot Contessa

    Thick and Hearty Homestyle Chili

    Vanessa M.:  Bringing a nice-sized batch of chili to a family is always appreciated. Leftover chili is easy to heat up and eat as needed or can be frozen for another night. Pair it with cornbread or a salad, and don't forget to include toppings like shredded cheese, green onion, and sour cream! From Don't Sweat the Recipe

    Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    Kelly R.:  These light and refreshing lettuce wraps are a nice alternative to casseroles, which tend to be in heavy rotation for meal train meals! A savory chicken filling is tucked inside crisp lettuce cups for a quick and easy dinner. Prepare the filling in advance and provide it with (cleaned and dried!) lettuce, and your friend can heat and serve at dinnertime. From Dinner at the Zoo

    Turkey Lasagna

    Kelly R.:  This amazing Ina Garten turkey lasagna recipe requires extra effort, but is a truly special family favorite meal that will show your friend how much you care. The leftovers reheat really well, and I love the addition of the sweet Italian turkey sausage instead of more traditional ground beef. From Food Network

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